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Statistical Services

Overview

The Statistical Services Branch collects, analyzes and disseminates data on the health status and health care use of North Carolinians. Staff also measure the effects that health services and programs have on the citizens of North Carolina.

Services

The Statistical Services Branch consists of three main work teams:

Survey Operations

The Survey Operations Team operates the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) for North Carolina, two CDC-sponsored health surveys. In addition, since 2005 the Survey Operations team has administered the Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) survey, which measures the health characteristics of children ages 0 to 17. The team also provides survey and data analysis support to state and local public health programs in North Carolina and assists with the design, testing and implementation of special public health surveys.

Vital Statistics

The Vital Statistics Team produces the annual vital statistics files for data analysis and reporting, provides data for the national Vital Statistics Cooperative Program and works with the Vital Records office on data quality improvement efforts.

Health Services Analysis

The Health Services Analysis Team analyzes and disseminates data related to Medicaid, health department service utilization and hospital discharges. Staff work closely with the Division of Medical Assistance and the Division of Public Health on issues related to health care utilization and outcomes.